Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Nurse Dani: Is it Normal to Feel a Little Depressed After Having a Baby?
(KUTV) Baby blues are normal and you might feel a little sad, anxious, or cry for no reason. This usually lasts for about two weeks and begins to get better as the days go on.
What are the symptoms of postpartum depression PPD and how does it differ from postpartum blues?
Lack of energy
Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
The symptoms are similar, but the primary difference between blues and PPD is that PPD affects a woman's well-being and keeps her from functioning well for a long period of time. It can happen anytime during the first year. In extreme cases, it can cause a woman to have a desire to hurt herself or her baby. This is a reason to go to the ER.
How common is PPD?
It affects about 10% of women, but because no one talks about it, you feel guilty or lonely for struggling with it and most women don't talk about it. In fact, one study showed that 80% of women with symptoms still hadn't talked with their doctor about it.
Treatment includes counseling, medication, and support groups. Get rest, stop putting a lot of pressure on yourself, ask others for help, talk with trusted family and friends, spend time with other people, and if possible, avoid other life changes around the birth of your baby, like a move.
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